Migration decision-making processes: an empirical investigation.

Forster, Emma (2000) Migration decision-making processes: an empirical investigation. PhD thesis, Edinburgh Napier University.

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    This thesis has two purposes. The first is to investigate the motivation for household
    migration - in particular, the associations between the different reasons for moving
    and the characteristics of owner-occupier movers in Scotland, their houses and the
    distances they travel. The second is to investigate the extent to which the migration
    decision is a longitudinal one, and from this longitudinal analysis to highlight the
    extent of latent migration. Little longitudinal research has previously been carried out
    on the migration decision.
    The thesis uses two recent, large-scale and under-utilised data sources to investigate
    each of these issues. Firstly, the associations with motivations for migration are
    investigated using the 'Migration and Housing Choice Survey' (MHCS) which
    contains information from 10,010 households. The advantage of this cross-sectional
    source lies in its provision of detailed information on motivations at a national level of
    coverage. The large-scale, national coverage makes it possible to investigate many
    types of migration flow. This advantage is not shared by any other British research
    into motivations for migration and only three other data sets elsewhere. Secondly,
    the extent to which the decision to n-iigrate is part of an on-going process is
    investigated using the 'British Household Panel Survey' (BBPS). This new and
    under-exploited source of migration data contains longitudinal information from
    10,264 individuals in the first wave and holds approximately this sample size through
    each of the following four waves.
    This thesis makes four key contributions to knowledge. The first three are based on
    the detailed and systematic analysis of the reasons for residential migration behaviour
    of owner-occupiersin Scotland,u sing the MHCS. Firstly, the reasonsf or moving, as
    suggestedb y previously small-scaler esearch,h ave been confirmed by this large-scale
    data set. Secondly, this thesis has extended - and in some cases refuted - the findings
    of previous researchb y investigatingt he bivariate associationsb etween each of the
    reasons for moving and each possible explanatory variables (these being
    characteristicso f migrants, of their home and of the distancest hey move). This has
    been investigated using much wider selection of reasons for moving and of
    characteristicsth an hasb eenp reviouslyd one. Thirdly, this thesish as shown that lifecycle
    stage exerts a considerable amount of influence on the reasons given for
    moving, whilst still operating in conjunction with other variables, such as distance
    moved and housing features. The MIHCS can, for the first time, enable research into
    the connection between the factors influencing migration flows and the factors
    influencing motivations for migration.
    Fourthly, this thesis has investigated how migration decisions and preference for
    migration relate over time, using longitudinal data (the BHPS). This has shown that a
    considerable amount of latent mobility is present in Britain, and even more
    importantly, has identified the characteristics of the latent migrants and frequent
    movers. In addition, this thesis has offered some methodological pointers for future
    migration research.
    Overall, the use of these two important but under-utilised data sets, the MECS and
    the BBPS, have enabled analyses to be undertaken that are unique in the history of
    nýgration research.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: migration; reasons; longitudinal; latent; motivations; housing choice;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Sciences
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 304 Factors affecting social behavior
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    Item ID: 3711
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2010 16:22
    Last Modified: 12 Jan 2011 04:55

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